October 13, 2021

The best toys of 2021

Wondering which toys are topping kids’ wish lists this year?  It's no secret that tons of new toys hit the market this year, ranging from revived classics to brand-new STEM play sets. Here's a list featuring the best toys of 2021 including new releases, perennial favorites and a few all-ages-friendly picks.

An all-ages gaming console

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Nintendo Switch Lite

The handheld version of the Nintendo Switch is compatible with all Switch games that support handheld mode, including popular titles like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Small and sleek, it’s a perfect pick for gaming on the go.

A fun STEM kit

National Geographic Mega Science Magic Kit

This 50-piece National Geographic STEM kit shows kids "the magic behind the curtain" through fun experiments like making snow appear or creating square bubbles. The set even comes with a magic wand to celebrate "ta-da" moments.

A brand-new LEGO Speed Champions kit

LEGO Speed Champions McLaren Elva Building Kit

Build the ultra-exclusive McLaren Elva in brilliant blue with this 263-piece LEGO kit. It captures the look and feel of the speedster, down to the replica two-seat cockpit, topless design and McLaren driver mini-figure with racing suit. Also available at Kohl's.

A pair of skate-anywhere shoes

Heelys Unisex Kids' Voyager Tennis Shoes

Now back in style and trending this season, Heelys are the footwear-toy topping many wish lists. The skate shoe, available in little and big kid sizes, lets kids transition between walking and gliding— with none other than a quick heel kick.

A dance-themed L.O.L. Surprise! Doll

L.O.L. Surprise! OMG Dance Dance Dance Miss Royale Fashion Doll

It's all about dancing with Miss Royale, whose fierce fashion comes to life when you shine the included blacklight on her outfit.  The doll comes with 15 surprises, including a tiny hat box, hair accessories and fancy dancing shoes.

A new Roblox set

Roblox Celebrity Collection Series 7

This newer Roblox mystery figure set contains six of 24 collectible celebrity characters — but you won't know which ones until you unbox. The set comes with a redeemable code that unlocks exclusive virtual items in the game as well.

A hungry little Grogu

Star Wars Galactic Snacking Grogu

It's no secret that The Child is a hungry little creature. This animatronic toy snacks on four different delights as seen in "The Mandalorian," including its much-loved bauble from Mando. Also available at Macy's.

An engaging camping cart

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn 3-in-1 On-the-Go Camper

Ideal for babies 9 to 36 months, this push-along activity center offers three Smart Stage learning levels featuring over 100 songs, phrases and sounds. It comes with colorful accessories that engage little hands and minds with hours of fun. Also available at Macy's.

A new Fire Kids tablet

All-New Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Pro Tablet

The latest Fire Kids tablet features a sleek new design that has the look and feel of a full-fledged tablet. It has a rugged, kid-proof case and comes with one year free of Amazon Kids+ with access to over 20,000 apps, games and educational content. Also available at Kohl's.

A kitchen-themed Play-Doh play set

Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Rising Cake Oven Play Set

In this unique Play-Doh kit, kids load up the oven with baked delights and  watch them rise. There are tons of ways to decorate and bedazzle cakes and cookies, thanks to several fun tools that create toppings and frosting. Also available at Macy's.

A "Space Jam"-themed Monopoly

Hasbro Monopoly: "Space Jam: A New Legacy" Edition

The hit movie is officially a Monopoly game. This licensed special edition features a colorful "Space Jam"-themed board, as well as a mini basketball hoop that lets players launch the ball to score more points. An all-ages-friendly game, it's a popular group gift. Also available at Macy's.

A tie-dye Barbie fashion kit

Tara Toys Barbie Tie-Dye Be a Real Fashion Designer

Design five colorful outfits with this easy-to-use Barbie tie-dye craft kit. It comes with a mini dress form, just like the ones fashion designers use, for easy maneuvering around clothes while decorating. Also available at Macy's.

An origami kit

Melissa & Doug On-the-Go Origami Animals Activity Set

Popular for on-the-go play, this pocket-friendly origami activity guides kids through 40 popular animal-inspired designs. It includes includes 34 tear-away animal print origami papers that help bring kids' creations to life.

A magnetic tiles kit

Magna-Tiles Original Magnetic Building Tiles

Besides offering hours upon hours of open-ended play, this colorful tile set is a popular STEM toy that develops tactile skills. The tiles are made with food-grade, non-toxic materials that are BPA- and phthalate-free for safe play.

A pair of Mandalorian LEGO Brick Headz

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LEGO BrickHeadz "Star Wars: The Mandalorian" & The Child

Build these two display-worthy LEGO figures, featuring the Child and Mando, while you catch up on the latest season of “The Mandalorian.” Each character comes with signature accessories, such as the Child’s pod and Mando’s blaster.


Sian Babish is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. 


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